APS Adds New Clean Energy Resources to Fuel Historic Growth in Arizona

As more people and businesses move into the state in record numbers, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) customers will have cleaner electricity to power their lives and businesses through to a new 2022 all-source Request for Proposals (RFP). Since announcing its clean energy commitment in 2020, the utility has added more than one gigawatt (GW) of clean energy resources to its diverse power supply . As Arizona continues to experience warmer summers and rapid population and economic growth, APS is looking to future customer needs and issuing a new Request for Proposals developed in partnership with the APS Resource Planning Advisory Board ( PRPP).

“Arizona is one of the fastest growing states in the nation and the energy we provide to communities and businesses is the backbone of our state’s prosperity, security and well-being. “said Justin Joiner, vice president of resource management at APS. population boom is happening and it is our duty to plan and invest in an affordable energy future with long-term sustainability and reliability that our customers can count on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. »

Formed in 2021, the APS PRPP includes local consumer advocates, university representatives, and environmental and public interest organizations. Originally created to support integrated utility resource planning, this group participated in a series of transparent and flexible meetings and workshops to develop the new all-source RFP. This broad market solicitation will help APS transition out of coal-fired generation by 2031 and maintain adequate power supply to serve customers.

“To get the right mix of resources, we need collaboration. The Stakeholder Advisory Board shared important and diverse perspectives that we incorporated into the design of our new RFP. Together, we find solutions to the complexities resources that are taking place in the West and the driving energy demand on our system,” Joiner described.

Call for tenders from all sources 2022

APS is launching an all-source tender to meet the electricity needs of residential and commercial customers with affordable, reliable and clean electricity over the period 2025-2027.

“While a traditional tender sets out the specific resources needed, with an all-source tender, we will consider any energy, electrical or energy storage resource. This provides more flexibility and flexibility. innovation in the options offered”, explained Joiner.

This tender is open to all technologies, including supply-side and non-supply-side resources. The proposed projects are to be in service from 2025 to June 2027. APS is seeking approximately 1,000-1,500 MW of resources, including up to 600-800 MW of renewable resources, which will significantly increase the amount of clean energy on the system electric APS.

Closer to a carbon-free future

The new resources that will come from the 2022 tender will be added to the more than 1 GW of clean energy secured through an all-source tender and a separate storage tender of energy per battery published in 2020. What does 1 GW mean for customers? APS estimates that approximately 150,000 homes in its service territory can be powered by this energy. According to the Ministry of Energy, 1 GW is also the equivalent power of more than three million solar panels, 110 million LED bulbs and more than 9,000 electric cars.

APS’ portfolio of new resources will be in service for customers no later than 2024 and will include:

  • 425 MW rated solar power capacity
  • 238 MW nominal wind power capacity
  • 635 MW nominal battery storage capacity

The entire bidding process is monitored and reviewed by an independent third party. Information on the 2022 all-source tender is available at aps.com/rfp. To learn more about the APS PRPP, visit aps.com/resources.